Love Bumps

My notes from this weekend’s message at Fellowship – part 2 of the “Hitched” series.

Some Benefits (and Dangers) of Marriage!

– mortality rates
– rates of chronic illnesses or disabilities
– one’s own health
– depression, anxiety and suicide
– problems with drinking and substance abuse
– financial well-being
– rates of violence

Marriage rates in the U.S. Are at an all time low. Many seem to be afraid of the dangers above.

Big idea – “Bump the bumps” by bringing back the fun.

Love Bumps:

1. Words that cut.
2. Not asking for forgiveness.
3. Lack of fun.
4. Trying to straighten out your spouse.
5. Secrets.
6. No intimacy.

How to Love – [youversion]Romans 12:9-11[/youversion] NLT

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

Take Aways

* Raise the value of your spouse as high as possible. (Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Romans 12:9)
* Pursue God. (Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Romans 12:9)
* Build the love bank. (Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10)
* Do something great. (Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Romans 12:11)